There has been some backlash for the way the media covered the death of YouTube star Caleb Logan Bratayley, but fellow social media giant Cameron Dallas agreed that Caleb’s funeral needed to be live-streamed for his fans, TMZ reported Wednesday. Dallas spoke to the publication Wednesday outside BOA Steakhouse in Los Angeles.
The 21-year-old wasn’t familiar with Caleb, but heard about his untimely death at age 13 through a tweet. “I didn’t know him [but] that’s honestly horrible," he said. "It makes me sad that he lost his life at such a young age.”
Dallas seemed shocked at first when he heard the Bratayley family live-streamed the memorial service. But after he gave it some thought, he said it was good for Caleb’s followers. “I think the fans in some weird way are a part of him,” he said. “I think that’s something [the Bratayley family] should do and to be able to have the strength to do that is amazing.”
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) October 7, 2015
After the interview Dallas took to Twitter to share his condolences for the Bratayley family with his 5.48 million followers, just as he said he would. “Just got questioned about Caleb, didn't really know him but just said a prayer for him & family,” he tweeted. “Kinda hit me in the heart. #RIPCaleb.” The post was shared more than 11,000 times and received more than 25,000 likes.
The Bratayleys participated in a family YouTube channel that has more than 1.7 million subscribers. Thousands of fans sent their condolences via social media after they heard about the boy's tragic death.
Caleb reportedly died Oct. 1 from an unknown medical condition. Relatives said that hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a type of heart disease, runs in the family, but his autopsy results have not been revealed. Sufferers have little, if any, symptoms and the condition often goes undiagnosed.
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